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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

(image) Tickling is perhaps one of the most common human behaviors known, and many of history's greatest thinkers have tried to explain it. Charles Darwin, for example, noticed that a person cannot tickle himself, and scientists have observed that ticklish spots are found in the same places as protective reflexes. These observations suggest that ticklishness confers an evolutionary advantage by encouraging individuals to reflexively protect themselves. Are animals ticklish? Discuss

Madeline La Framboise

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

(image) Though 19th-century women were expected to be homemakers, La Framboise engaged in the dangerous occupation of fur trading. She had great success in the territory of present-day Michigan, where she owned many trading posts with her husband. While an experienced fur trader at the time earned about $1,000 per year, La Framboise collected $5,000 to $10,000 annually. She managed the family trading business—and further expanded it while raising two children—after what happened to her husband?

The Tempest Prognosticator

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT

(image) The Tempest Prognosticator, known also as the Leech Barometer because it uses leeches to predict storms, was invented in 1850 by Dr. George Merryweather. The device contains 12 leeches, each kept in a small bottle. When the leeches become agitated by electrical conditions in the atmosphere generated by an approaching storm, they attempt to climb out of the bottles and trigger a small hammer that strikes a bell. Whose poetry inspired Merryweather to build his device?